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Susan Peterson's The Craft and Art of Clay has long set the standard for both instructional and inspirational books in the area of ceramics. This new edition of her book has been redesigned and is even more comprehensive, with more pages, more illustrations, more color, and new information on practical and artistic topics. It combines a clear step-by-step guide to acquiring practical skills with an appreciation of the unique artistic potential of working in clay, with more and larger color illustrations for key processes.

The author clearly explains each technical term and process, and covers the whole range of hand, wheel and plasterwork techniques. She has added an important new section on marketing ceramics as well as updating and increasing the information on the use of computers, Also new to this edition are safety icons to warn beginners where they need to protect themselves from fumes, heat, or corrosive materials. The Portfolio section has been completely updated to reflect the work of new international ceramists.

The color charts of clay and glaze combinations, the extensive chart of frits-plus-stains along with the necessary technical information are invaluable to all ceramists. A concise history of ceramics linking past techniques and traditions with contemporary work along with the compilation of information sources and museums, make this a book that both instructs and inspires. The Craft and Art of Clay is, more than ever, the essential one-stop source for beginning and advanced ceramists alike.

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The author (emerita, ceramics, Hunter College at CUNY) is an artist whose work has been exhibited throughout the world. This systematic compilation of information, first published in 1992, is clearly a labor of love. Thoroughly practical information is augmented with background and history, as well as stunning examples of work being done by ceramists all over the world. Both beginning and experienced ceramists should keep this reference close at hand. The new edition has been enhanced with more color illustrations (1,138 total; 560 in color) and new information on artistic and practical topics, including safety. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130851253
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 10/8/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 8.56 (w) x 11.06 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 8
1 The Craft and Art of Clay 11
Safety Issues 20
2 Fabrication Methods 23
Introduction 23
Handbuilding 26
Clayworking tools 30
Spiral wedging 31
Pinching a vessel 32
Coil building: smooth surface 33
Coil building: textured surface 34
Coil and pinch sculpture 35
Handbuilding with porcelain 36
Slab building 37
Large slab constructions 38
Handbuilding in or over forms 40
Figures 41
Mechanical methods of forming 44
Making walls 45
Walls 47
John Mason's handbuilt sculpture 48
Wheel-Throwing 50
Throwing on the wheel 53
Throwing faults and remedies 54
Centering 55
Opening the ball 56
Pulling up 57
Throwing a bowl 58
Shinsaku Hamada's large bowl 59
Toshiko Takaezu's balloon-form 60
Throwing a pitcher 61
Bowl forms 62
Pitcher and bottle forms 63
Throwing a bottle 64
Methods of footing pots 65
Pulling and attaching handles 66
Thrown and cut handles 67
Flat lids for flanged pots 68
Lidded pot forms 69
Dome lids for flanged pots 70
Flanged lids: domed and flat 71
Casserole dish with inside flange 72
Casserole trimming and lid making 73
Thrown casserole knob 74
Platter throwing 75
Platter and plate trimming 76
Platter forms 77
Teapot forms 78
Teapot throwing, lid and spout 79
Susan Peterson's wheel-thrown forms 81
Donut throwing and trimming 82
Off-the-hump throwing 83
Pedestal vessels 84
Throwing large vessels 85
Thrown and hand construction 86
Thrown slab constructions 87
Peter Voulkos' altered wheel forms 88
Plasterwork 89
Preparing plaster 91
Making a one-piece mold 92
Making a two-piece mold 93
Two-piece mold with handle 94
Slip casting and press molding 95
Multipiece molds 96
Wheelheads and complicated molds 97
Inventing with molds 98
A ceramic installation 99
3 Design, Decoration, and Glazing 101
Design: From Idea to Art 101
An exercise in how to see 104
Experimenting with design 105
Design ideas from nature 106
Decoration 108
Decorating with clay 109
Pre-patterned decoration 110
Creating line in three dimensions 111
Texturing clay 112
Prints from clay 113
Glazing 114
Weighing and mixing a glaze 116
How to glaze 117
Decorating over and under glaze 118
Decorating with glaze 119
Glaze application 120
Decorative techniques with glazes 122
Surface details 123
The Japanese way 124
Photo-emulsion and decals 125
4 Clays 127
Science and ceramic art 127
Geological types of natural clays 129
Commercial clays after firing 132
Test results of commercial clays 133
Classifying fired clay wares 134
What is a clay body? 137
Testing materials 138
Composing a good clay body 140
Talc body 142
Additions to the clay-body batch 144
Preparing the clay for work 146
Making casting slip 147
Historical clay bodies 148
Unusual clay bodies 152
5 Glazes 155
Origins of glazes 155
Feldspars: clay and glaze fluxes 156
Developing glazes 157
Fine examples of glazes 158
Visual samples: 34 glaze materials, alone and in 50/50 blends 160
Reading the test photographs 164
50/50 blends of 34 glaze materials, cone 5 oxidation 166
50/50 blends of 34 glaze materials, cone 10 reduction 168
Compounding a complete glaze 170
Composite glaze fluxes 170
Organic materials for glazes 172
Fusion buttons of frits 173
Garbage glazes 174
Colors 175
Ceramic coloring implements 179
Stains for coloring implements 180
Color blends 181
Ferro frits-plus-stains--low-fire 186
Frits-plus-stains--high-fire 188
Changing glazes 190
Low-fire treatments 192
MayCo "one-strokes" (stains) 194
MayCo "underglazes" (engobes) 195
MayCo "art glazes" 196
MayCo "special glazes" 197
Lusters for reduction firing 198
China paint process 198
Making your own lusters 199
Working with gold 201
Drawing a grid pattern 202
Glaze faults 203
6 Firing the Ware and Marketing 205
Temperature 206
Atmosphere 210
Kilns 211
Placing kilns 215
Kiln materials 215
Stacking kilns 217
Firing 219
Principles of kiln firing 220
"Rebirth through clay" 222
Special firing techniques 223
Firing faults 225
Fired in place sculpture 234
Patinas developed in firing 235
Potters who also work in glass 236
Dinnerware 238
Marketing 240
7 Highpoints in Ceramic History 243
Historical Overview 245
Influences in our time 259
Site-specific installations 264
Tile 269
Narrative 270
Mixed media 273
Kaneko's Fremont project 276
Ancient Traditions 277
Bridging two worlds 282
Golden Bridge Pottery 283
8 Portfolio 285
9 Compendium 331
Glaze Oxides 332
Chemical Compositions 337
Calculating glaze by formula 339
Data and Conversions 346
Feldspars, frits, and clays 346
Temperatures and cones 354
Conversion charts 360
Computer programs 361
Virtual computer 363
Artists' Techniques 365
List of Artists 376
Museum Collections 379
Glossary 395
Annotated Bibliography 402
General books on ceramics 402
Ceramic history 404
Technical books 407
Ceramics Magazines 408
Residencies 408
Acknowledgements 409
Index 410
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